After a disastrous first day on the stand, Alex Jones did not testify in his Connecticut libel trial on Friday and returned to Texas, but not before embarking on a frantic rant outside the courthouse in subject of the “rigged” procedure.
Things went off the rails almost immediately after the right-wing conspiracy theorist began testifying on Thursday, with Jones’ antics at one point leading Judge Barbara Bellis to ask his attorney if he needed to be physically restrained to speak. During his testimony, Jones called the opposing attorneys “ambulance chasers” and suggested that one of them was part of a “mob” family that controls Connecticut.
“Is this a wrestling session, are we in China?” Jones broke at one point. “I’ve said sorry hundreds of times before, and I’m done saying I’m sorry.”
Alex Jones Loses His Shit In Latest Sandy Hook Trial: ‘I’m Done Saying I’m Sorry!’
A six-person jury will determine how much Jones owes the eight families and a retired FBI agent who sued him after he said he was bombarded with death threats and relentless abuse from the conspiracy theorist’s supporters. , who dismissed the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting as a hoax. The 20 children and six teachers who died at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, were nothing more than ‘crisis actors’ used by the government to drum up support for tougher gun laws , Jones insisted at the time.
Last month, in a related lawsuit, Jones was ordered to pay nearly $50 million to the parents of Jesse Lewis, a 6-year-old boy who died in the Sandy Hook massacre.
“I can’t even describe the last nine and a half years, the living hell that I and others have had to endure because of the carelessness and neglect of Alex Jones,” Lewis’ father said, Neil Heslin, at the helm.
In court on Friday morning, Jones’ attorney Norm Pattis told Bellis he would not put his client back on the stand today in a bid to “lower the temperature”. Instead, Jones will return next week, Pattis said.
Outside, where Jones was – obviously – not under oath, he held a different kind of court in front of a group of reporters.
“Everything I say here, I’m forbidden to say in there,” Jones said, calling the proceedings a “show trial” that wouldn’t be out of place in North Korea. (In fact, Bellis forbade Jones from saying certain things about the financial situation of his immensely popular Infowars webcast, since he refused to participate in the discovery process.)
“Basically it would be like a boxing match where a guy has his arms tied behind his back and a gag in his mouth,” Jones said, incorrectly. “So it’s totally rigged. It’s an absolute and total fraud.
Continuing his rant in the open, Jones accused Chris Mattei, the attorney representing the Sandy Hook Eight Families and retired FBI agent William Aldenberg, of getting “completely out of control”. [on Thursday], trying to piss me off, trying to make me lose control. He claimed that Mattei hoped for a “big shouting fest to take place there, because they want to suck people’s money”.
Jones, whose net worth is estimated at some $270 million, then cried out in poverty, insisting that the millions his business generates do not go to him.
“The good news is that I have practically no money, despite what they lie about in the press, okay? Jones squealed. “You know, we could have gross sales of $6 million a year. But then I have all this team and all this publicity, all the legal fees, and I get paid a few million dollars a year after I pay my taxes. After paying everything else, I’m almost out of money. So it’s a joke. I am bankrupt.
He claimed people were “hungry for truly independent analysis, commentary and opinion”, comparing himself to mainstream radio hosts such as Don Imus and Howard Stern.
“But instead, I am a populist, conservative, nationalist Christian patriot,” Jones said.
Before making a hasty exit, Jones bellowed, “They want your freedom of speech. They want your guns. They want all of you. They want your whole life. But at the end of the day, America wakes up with them and the deep state… Alright, guys – Infowars.com.
Back inside, Mattei told Bellis that Jones had held an impromptu press conference during which he urged the jurors to independently research the facts of the case before them. This, of course, violates the rules of the court. The clerk told Bellis that four of the six jurors left the building during recess. Bellis feared they heard Jones’ off-balance soliloquy, but the clerk believed they didn’t come out the front, where Jones was.
In Jones’s defense, Pattis told Bellis that Jones was not under a gag order and that he left because the press never gives him a good jolt.
When Bellis led the jury back into the courtroom, she told them to ignore Jones’ request to do their own research.
“You have to follow my instructions, and I’m confident you will,” she said before sending them away for the weekend.
Following Jones’ outbursts in the courtroom on Thursday, Bellis said from the bench that she would begin enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy with contempt charges for offenders.
“He’s just not able to control himself in any way,” Jones’ ex-wife Kelly told The Daily Beast earlier this month. “He’s not a conscious person, like you and me… The jury trial Alex faces as he engages in behaviors to coerce his audience into sending him more money will be his day of reckoning.”
Debates will resume on Tuesday.
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